How to Make DIY Rainbow River Rocks For a Magical Yard Decor Idea
I got this idea from a school that involved their students in making a colorful rainbow rocky river. I knew it would give my own yard a beautiful burst of magical color and wanted to make my own DIY rainbow river rocks.
Here's how to make rainbow rocks for your garden, then use them in a fun landscaping idea:
1. Lay down the landscaping fabric
Lay out your landscaping fabric and stake down the roll of edging with the waviness of a river.
We staked ours out along some logs and fencing. This part of the process took maybe 30 minutes max.
2. Spray rocks with bright colors
We gathered up all our old cans of spray paint. Anything in bright colors was okay for mine! But certainly, go with the colors you want. A variety of blues would be amazing!
Some bigger rocks we gathered up free but we needed more so bought a few bags of river rock. We did wash ours to be sure the paint would stick well.
I used leftover tins to paint in but boxes work as well. Once you spray the rocks, let them dry then flip them over or at least get their sides that might show. The painting is what took the most time.
My granddaughter helped with the spray painting- she's a great help!
3. Add the rainbow rocks to the river
We mixed our colors up to get a rainbow effect. Pretty, right?
4. Trim the landscaping fabric
Lastly, you'll trim off the edge of the landscaping fabric from the edges to better define the wavy river look. Or you could add mulch or plants along the edge.
5. Add glow-in-the-dark rocks (optional)
We added some bags of "glow in the dark" rocks from Amazon but our area is rather shady. Perhaps if used in a sunnier location they'd glow brighter. If you try that let me know how it works for you.
DIY rainbow river rocks
Our gnomes really enjoy their Rainbow River - it's magical! Let us know what you think of this fun and colorful DIY project in the comments below.